Tory plan for GPs in deprived areas

GPs could be paid more to work in under-doctored areas, if the Conservative Party wins the next election.

Shadow health minister Mark Simmonds told GP: 'There need to be incentives to reward people for going in- to those areas.'

A recent party policy document, The Patient Will See You Now, Doctor, suggested that GPs who worked in under-doctored areas would receive higher payments per patient. The quality framework could also be adjusted to pay more in deprived areas.

But Dr Laurence Buckman, GPC chairman, warned that variable payments were 'very difficult' to make work.

Theoretically, GPs working in deprived areas should already receive higher income through the global sum, Dr Buckman said.

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